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Get the most out of your Cat® bulldozer by using these dozing operating tips on your next worksite. It never hurts to brush up on the basics to make sure you’re working as efficiently and effectively as possible. Let’s look at some level-straight dozing operating tips that could help make your next job go more smoothly than ever.
Consult your Cat® dealer or your operation and maintenance manual to find out which features are specific to your machine.
Features like Cat Stable Blade work with operator inputs to maintain a consistent surface. This can help reduce the need to do a second pass to get a level grade.
This is dependent upon the type of material you are loading and the application — you may need to stay in first gear for heavier loads.
When your blade is full, pitch your blade backward for maximum material retention.
Cat Traction Control can help automatically reduce track slip to save on time, fuel and wear. And overloading your blade can lead to a waste of horsepower and fuel and can cause track slip.
Cat AutoCarry automates your blade lift to maintain a consistent amount of material to prevent overloading.
When your blade is loaded, use the tilt to move in the direction of the pile or fill.
Keep an eye on the rise of material over the blade and monitor your spillage. Lose too much dirt over the sides of your blade, and you’ll just have to redo your work.
Select downhill operation when possible.
Otherwise, you’ll have slower return times, and your downhill dozing advantage will be reduced.
Avoid third gear in reverse unless push loading scrapers or there is an emergency.
Front-to-back or slot dozing in short cuts will save on fuel costs in the long run and help prevent problems like overloading and track slip.
For small machines, that distance is about 200 feet; for larger machines, it’s up to 500 feet.
Need additional dozer operating tips? Caterpillar offers extensive operator training through Equipment Training Solutions. Learn more here.
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